Three Things You Need to Know – February 12, 2018

Kim 2.0

Kim Kardashian has got a big problem. The media has their sights set on replacing her with a new Kim 2.0. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, was all the media could talk about this weekend.

Kim 2.0 made an appearance at the Olympics, but she didn’t bring tanks or missiles. She brought an army of red costumed smiling cheerleaders. Hmm… women dressed in red and forced to do the bidding of a tyrannical regime. You’d think since it’s all the rage right now, that the media would have went all Handmaid’s Tale on Kim 2.0, but here’s the headline that most outlets ran with: “North Korean Cheerleaders are stealing the show.”

That was from USA Today specifically regarding the cheerleaders, but CNN used the exact same headline for Kim: “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.”

The Washington Post called her “enthralling” and the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” Reuters flashed a smiling picture of Kim 2.0 and deemed her the “winner of diplomatic gold at the Olympics.”

I feel like I have to say this every week, but I have completely given up on the media. It’s comical… they actually have no idea why no one trusts them anymore. While they were glamorizing and legitimizing a mass murdering slave state, they were simultaneously vilifying MIKE PENCE. Look, I get that their opposition to Trump has made it to where they’d prop up anyone opposed to him, but this is getting out of control.

Far be it for the media to report the truth, but this is the reality. Those red-clad cheerleaders are probably the most tragic sight at the Olympics. Make no mistake, those are human slaves. Do you think they have a choice to be there? What do you think happens to their families if they make a mistake or, God forbid, run away? They’d be put to death, and every media outlet turning the Kim family into the Kardashians knows it.

And this new Kim 2.0? She’s number two behind her brother. She sits at the top of the North Korean Politburo. When Kim Jong Un gets sick, she fills in until his return. She’s responsible for the enslavement, torture, and murder of thousands upon thousands. And probably the most ridiculous thing about the media’s grotesque fawning is that her primary job - as head of North Korean State propaganda - is to put on these shows specifically to deceive the press! Is the media that gullible, that stupid, or that eager to support literally ANYONE that defies Trump?

Imagine being Otto Warmbier’s mom and dad, flipping through the channels this weekend and having to deal with this media coverage. This is grotesque and sick. So, to the media, thank you for giving us one more reason not to trust you. Thank you for showing us who you are and what you stand for. I’m done with you.

What $1.5 trillion is going to buy us

Are the bridges and roads in your town climate-change proof?

Today, President Trump is expected to unveil the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that he talked about often on the campaign trail and highlighted in his State of the Union address.

The extensive repair list has apparently been prioritized and the bill tallied. Cracked bridges? Check. Crumbling roads? Check. Rusted railways? Check. Climate-change threat assessment? Oops – I knew we were forgetting something.

The federal government does not have $1.5 trillion to pay for infrastructure improvements, but according to The New York Times, that is the very least of the concern here. In their alarming story over the weekend, non-specific “engineers and researchers” say Trump’s plan is probably not taking into account that many parts of the country are “increasingly vulnerable to rising waters and other threats from a warming planet.”

Clearly, we’re just days away from having to grow gills like Kevin Costner in Waterworld, because all land is about to disappear and those science-haters in the White House aren’t factoring this into their infrastructure plan. Couldn’t they at least budget for floaties and snorkels for America’s women and children? The humanity!

According to the Times story, questioning the risk that America faces from global warming and rolling back climate change regulations is one of the Trump administration’s “defining regulatory principles.”

The climate-change crowd is beside themselves with grief that their alarm is not front and center in the government’s infrastructure planning. They say if we don’t consider now how global warming and climate changing will destroy our bridges, and roads, and drown our airports, then it will cost the country way more money in the future. That’s certainly a new strategy in promoting climate change – as the fiscally responsible thing to do.

So, the Left is concerned about how much something is going to cost the government in the future? That’s a new one too.

The climate-changers shouldn’t lose too much sleep over this one. The way parties and politicians have been switching sides lately, they’ll probably just end up dumping all of that $1.5 trillion into climate change research.

Further proof the internet has made us dumber

Dachau concentration camp in Germany is a place overrun with misery and despair.

It was established by the Nazi government in 1933 as one of the first concentration camps.

At Dachau, many medical experiments were tested on the prisoners.

Here the Nazis’ froze people to determine how to treat hypothermia. They used them to test their attempts at making seawater safe to drink. They intentionally inflicted people with contagious diseases like malaria and typhoid fever to test how they could treat them.

At least 28,000 prisoners died horrific deaths at Dachau.

Vice President Mike Pence and his family visited the concentration camp last year.

When the photos of this event were posted, the Pence family all appear overcome with sadness. How could they not be?

If you’ve ever been to a Nazi death camp, that is the only way you know how to feel.

But recently, their photo has turned into an internet meme of sorts—with people mocking the Pence’s for looking grim. They are trying to make a game out of the photo. ‘On a level of 1 to the Pence family, how sad are you?’

What can someone possibly gain from tastelessly commenting on the Pence family? A few chuckles from a stranger in their basement? A few retweets by like-minded idiots?

I’m really not sure if the internet has made us smarter or dumber.

There’s a bigger lesson here. Just because you can post it, doesn’t mean you should.

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A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

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For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.